Well, the craft room is done. Christmas time is upon us. This year with our friends and family, and with some of the kids’ gifts we have agreed to give and receive homemade gifts. This an economical approach as everyone is trying to get by. It keeps gifts incredibly local. And it is really nice to get and give gifts from the heart.
Here are a few ideas to get you started on homemade gifts:
I made these for someone I hope doesn’t read my blog! Click here to see how to make candles. It is easy and most folks like candles. Especially us homesteader types. I made some in dollar store mugs and some in canning jars. Put the lid on after the candle sets and you have an instant gift. I wanted to do something a little extra.
I love the look of a cable knit sweater. The cable knit throws at Pottery Barn and the pillow shams speak to me of mountain cabins and cozy evenings in. I am still working on knitting (straight) so I crocheted some little candle sweaters. They whip up in no time and add a festive and wintery appeal.
Chain enough that the strand fits around the largest area of the vessel. Then in the following rows do a combination of double crochets or triple crochets. Add in spaces, chains, three triples in one hole, create your own pattern!
Next, a pin cushion for those on your list that enjoy sewing or would like to learn to sew. Find an old cup and saucer in the cupboard or the thrift store. Glue the cup to the saucer using a hot glue gun or other good glue. Next, cut a Styrofoam ball (from the craft store, often used to make planets) in half. Wrap a piece of beautiful vintage fabric around the ball and use pins, glue, or other means to attach it to the bottom. Glue the Styrofoam ball into the cup. Okay, you’re done! Put a few pins in it so the recipient knows that it is a pin cushion.
For other ideas, visit last year’s post here on homemade, heartfelt gifts.